F**K Christmas Sweaters: Hate Eternal Bassist J.J. Hrubovcak to Release Death Metal Christmas Album
So I was just reading on Lambgoat about how Hate Eternal bassist J.J. Hrubovcak is going to release a death metal Christmas album, entitled, appropriately enough, Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics. And I’m thinking “Okay I love Hate Eternal and this is definitely a more unique idea than making a Christmas sweater, but still, it probably gets really old really fast, even if it does have only five tracks on it.”
Then I listened to Hrubovcak’s deathified version of “Unrest For Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen).”
I shit you not: I could definitely listen to four more of those right now. I think I’ve always been so focused the Christmas part of Christmas music that I’ve never actually concentrated on the music part of Christmas music. (For the record: apparently Hrubovcak has re-written the lyrics “to portray a possible future outcome to mankind’s current path,” but that’s basically irrelevant because it’s almost impossible to understand what the hell the dude is screaming anyway. I mean, there’s a point where it sounds like he’s saying “There’ll be asses of concrete,” which is hilarious, but probably not what he’s actually saying.) But given a distinctly Hate Eternal-esque treatment, everything suddenly sounds totally bad-assed. This is more than just some gag a kid threw up on YouTube for a chuckle.
Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics comes out November 29 (Black Friday, natch). Hrubovcak produced it while his brother, Monstrosity’s Mike Hrubovcak, supplied vocals and album art. It was engineered by Erik Rutan (of course) and mixed and mastered by Brian Elliott.